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(WATCH VIDEO) Fire consumes Golden Angel Nursery School at Madina

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A section of Golden Angel Nursery School at Madina Social Welfare in Accra has been destroyed by Wednesday evening fire, eyewitnesses confirm.

Eyewitnesses say the blaze which began around 9pm may have started from a carpentry shop close to the school.

Firefighters spent close to four hours to douse the fire which destroyed properties worth thousands of Ghana Cedis.

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Meanwhile, officials from the Ghana Fire Service have begun investigations into the cause of the fire.

The latest incident is coming at a time when the country has witnessed a worrying trend in fire outbreaks. The Ashanti Region alone recorded about 16 fire outbreaks within a month.

Fire outbreaks on the rise

Figures from the Ghana National Fire Service indicate that domestic fire outbreaks are on the rise in Ghana.

Statistics of fire outbreaks in 2019 and 2020 revealed that there were 1,822 and 1,910 fires from January to October in both years, respectively.

The domestic fire incidents from January to October, represented 39.63% and 35.67% of total fire outbreaks, respectively in both years.

This was followed by bush fires recording 608 in 2019 and 1,220 in 2020 in the same time periods.

There was an increase of fire outbreaks from January to October 2019 from 4,623 to 5,355 for the same period in 2020.

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